Winter is a whale of a time to visit the Sunshine Coast – and Big Pineapple reopens

Winter is a whale of a time to visit the Sunshine Coast – and Big Pineapple reopens
Edited by Travel Weekly


    The Sunshine Coast offers an action-packed calendar this winter highlighted by whale and marine activities, Hinterland trekking and enticing festivals including The Curated Plate, which celebrates the Sunshine Coast’s rich produce and culinary scene.

    Crowning the winter attractions will be the relaunch of the Sunshine Coast’s most famous tourism icon – the Big Pineapple, which is reopening with a new café, children’s playground and slick new train.

    The Big Pineapple reopens on the Sunshine Coast.

    Mooloolaba is at the heart of not just whale watching but swimming with whales and even listening to whales. You can also enjoy sunset drinks and famed Mooloolaba prawns as you watch the wondrous sea mammals on their migration during the Curated Plate festival.

    Sunshine Coast operators are also offering discounted rates over the winter period, including the school holidays.

    Swim with whales this winter.

     

    Offers

    Sunshine Coast Getaways is offering 30% off weekly stays in selected apartments and holiday homes across the Sunshine Coast till the end of August, including the school holiday period. Bookings need to be made by 30 June, using the discount code WARMFEELS24.

    ULTIQA Shearwater Resort at Caloundra is offering 25% off stays of 5 nights or more until 19 September, with a breakfast and a surprise welcome gift. Bookings need to be made by 31 July 2024 with the promotional code WINTER2024.

    Stay three nights and pay for two at The Crocodile Hunter Lodge between 22 July and 22 August. Guests can enjoy a three-night stay at this luxurious retreat with daily breakfast and unlimited entry to Australia Zoo, all for the price of two nights. As a special bonus, each booking will include a complimentary Robert Irwin canvas print personally signed, valued at $99.95. 

    SunReef is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its pioneering Swim with Whales experience, and to celebrate, marine adventurers can enjoy a 20% discount for early bird swims between 22 June and 22 July.

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